Date of Award

Fall 10-9-2019

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in First Year Studies


First-Year and Transition Studies

Committee Chair

Linda Lyons, Ed.D.

Additional Committee Member

Michael Keleher, Ph.D.

Additional Committee Member

Heather Scott, Ph.D.


The purpose of this study was to determine if High Impact Practices (HIPs) influence the academic success of first-year non-traditional transfer students. Additionally, through the study certain HIPs were identified as most effective for this particular group of students. Furthermore, the research has provided higher educational professionals with a better understanding of the learning need of first-year non-traditional transfer students, allowing us to better support them on their journey.

The significance of this research will better equip future higher education administrators and other clinicians in the field, to revisit Kuh’s high impact practices and view them in a different lens as they pertain to first-year non-traditional transfer students and their need to achieve academic success.